Instrumentation

cl.vln.vlc.pno

Availability

Score and parts on special sale from the Hire Library

Programme Notes

The manuscript of Purcell’s thirteenth fantasia, composed 24th February 1683, breaks off in the thirty-first bar. Colin Matthews has arranged this extant portion without making any alterations beyond prolonging selected notes to produce a bell-like effect, but in composing a further sixty bars to achieve a length comparable to that of the other fantasias he has not been bound by seventeenth century idiom. Purcell’s theme is still present – initially, in a continuation of the slow opening, only as the rhythm of its first three notes, then in its entirety in the quick section which follows – but that does not prevent the music reaching fortissimo climax. As if to apologise for the outburst, the piece ends soberly in the A minor of the opening. The arrangement is dedicated to Barrie Gavin.

Mark Edgley Smith (1955-2008) 

Fantazia 13

St Mary's Church (Lastingham, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom)

Fantazia 13

Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London, United Kingdom)

Britten Sinfonia, Jacqueline Shave

Fantazia 13

Bridport Arts Centre (Bridport, Dorset, United Kingdom)

Mark Forgen, Kokoro

Fantazia 13

Guild Chapel (Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom)

Khymerikal Chamber Ensemble, Leo Geyer

Fantazia 13

Holburne Museum of Art (Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom)

Khymerikal Chamber Ensemble, Leo Geyer